Liberty is a city in Pickens County, South Carolina. It is part of the Greenville–Mauldin–Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city was chartered on March 2, 1876.
Liberty is a beautiful town, boasting some of the best restaurants in the upstate of South Carolina. There are unique and quaint shops to browse in after enjoying a great meal. Freedom Park attracts many visitors who bring their families out to picnic and play. Liberty’s Rosewood Center is our community center where many of our activities take place. Rosewood Center is a good place to have receptions, birthday parties, reunions or countless other activities. The City rents this facility so check with the City Clerk for information. Liberty’s Mayor and City Councilmen welcome you to the City of Liberty! The employees of the City are here to meet your needs in any way we can to make your time in Liberty pleasant and memorable.
How exactly Liberty got its name has been a source of debate over the years. There are no real historical accounts of why Liberty was given the name it was. The most popular—though probably mythical—story regarding the reason the area was named Liberty was put forth by Mrs. Annie Craig in 1936: “At the close of the Revolutionary war a religious meeting was being held at a church close to a spring near the present town of Liberty when the word came that Cornwallis had surrendered and the colonies had gained their independence. This church was named Liberty and it and the spring were located just beyond where the cemetery is now located, hence the name Liberty.”
Some have claimed that Liberty was once named Salubrity Springs, but was renamed Liberty in the late 19th century. References to early land records, however, suggests that such is not the case. While there are many records that refer to the area as Liberty Spring, there are no private or legal documents that contain a reference to Salubrity Spring. The first reference to Salubrity comes from the name of a farm purchased by the Rev. Allen Fuller, Universalist, in 1837. In 1839, Mr. Fuller set up a post office in his home, naming it Salubrity Post Office. This post office remained in operation until February, 1876, three years after the first official Liberty post office was established in 1873. Once the town of Liberty was chartered little more than a month after the Salubrity post office closed, the name Salubrity became little more than a memory.
Coordinates: 34°47′18″N 82°41′42″W
- Total: 4.3 sq mi (11.1 km2)
- Land: 4.3 sq mi (11.1 km2)
- Water: 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation1,020 ft (311 m)
Population (2000 Census) • Total3,009 • Density705.0/sq mi (272.2/km2)
ZIP code: 29657
Area code: 864
FIPS code45-41380 
GNIS feature ID1246350 
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2. “US Board on Geographic Names“. United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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